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New Jersey Natives Come Up Empty in Broncos' Super Bowl Bid

Running back Knowshon Moreno, of Middletown, has pedestrian game and safety Mike Adams records six tackles for Denver.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) dives into the end zone against Denver Broncos free safety Mike Adams (20) during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) dives into the end zone against Denver Broncos free safety Mike Adams (20) during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The much-heralded Denver Broncos offense met its match Sunday night, getting stifled by the top-ranked Seattle Seahawks defense in a Super Bowl XLVIII rout 43-8.

New Jersey natives Knownshon Moreno, of Middletown, and Mike Adams, of Paterson, couldn’t make big enough plays to help their team win, as the offense sputtered, and the defense couldn’t put a stop to Seattle’s pass attack.

At running back, Moreno ran five times for 17 yards and added three catches for 20 yards, according to NFL.com. He also fumbled in the first half—but the ball was recovered by a Denver teammate. On the first play of the game, Moreno jumped on a live ball in the end zone after an errant snap went above quarterback Peyton Manning’s head.

The play resulted in a safety for Seattle, starting the scoring with just 12 seconds gone in the game—the quickest any score has every been posted in a Super Bowl.

Adams, roaming the defensive backfield at safety, recorded six tackles on the day, including a sideline snag of Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin. Early in the second quarter, Adams stuffed Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch on the goal line, but the momentum was short-lived, as Lynch scored on the following play.

Moreno was injured in the third quarter on a pass play and was a non-factor the rest of the game.

After winning the AFC Championship game, Adams told reporters if the Broncos won, he’d walk from MetLife Stadium to his native Paterson—a 10-mile jaunt. Adams, who attended Passaic County Tech in Wayne before playing football at the University of Delaware, won’t have to worry about the extra exercise.

The 35-point margin of victory is one of the largest in Super Bowl history, and gives Seattle it’s first NFL championship.  

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